Kristen Mansch began a continuous practice of yoga in 2001. She has practiced Ashtanga Yoga daily without a break since 2012, soon after the birth of her second child. She is a forever learner and has always remained a dedicated student.
In 2004-2005, she studied classical Hatha-Iyengar based yoga at The Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago, Illinois. In 2007-2008, Kristen went on to study Vinyasa-Ashtanga based yoga with Daren Friesen of Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Soon after the birth of her second child, Kristen took an Ashtanga Yoga workshop with Kino MacGregor. The practice drew to her like a magnet. Since that day in early June 2012, Kristen has maintained a daily Ashtanga Yoga practice.
After moving to the Twin Cities area in 2013, she began practicing with Ellie Kaufman Wannemacher, a KPJAYI-Authorized teacher by Sharath Jois. In August 2015, Kristen began an apprenticeship with Ellie at Ashtanga Yoga Minneapolis and continues to learn with her in the Mysore room. Around this time Kristen incorporated pranayama, seated meditation and Ayurvedic practices.
In July 2016, she practiced with Sharath Jois in New York City while on his tour. Kristen plans to study at the source in Mysore, South India, soon.
Kristen is incredibly grateful for Ashtanga and all guidance received in learning this yoga method. She will continue to practice daily and study the tradition with bhakti (devotion).